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De Morgen - Belgium | 01/07/2014

Borders no longer apply in Middle East

The proclamation of the caliphate has made the current borders in the Middle East redundant, Iran-born author Kader Abdolah writes in the left-liberal daily De Morgen, and points to who has been waiting for just such a thing to happen in the region: "America, England and Europe will give this violent group time to extend the borders of its caliphate to Iran. It will take a few years, but then we will have a reorganisation of the Middle East. ... A caliphate is a rusty dagger that can be used to kill and draw new borders. Yet Isis is the signal of liberation for the Iraq's Sunnis. It is a synonym for happiness for the Kurds in Iraq who have been fighting for independence for decades. Isis's supporters are despicable but they have taken the lid off a stinking pan that has been simmering for a long time."

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | 10/02/2009

Kader Abdolah on 30 years of revolution in Iran

Thirty years ago Iran was rocked by an Islamic revolution. Iranian-born writer Kader Abdolah experienced the revolution first-hand, and looks back on the events in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: "Regrets? Never. For all of us it was the most awe-inspiring event of our time. And for me it became the fundament on which I constructed my life. Today, 30 years later, I am certain of one thing: The rise of the Ayatollahs was unavoidable. ... The Shah of Persia intentionally sought to keep us ignorant. He was America's puppet king. During his 35 year rule we never knew what democracy was. He never explained the importance of freedom of opinion. What is over is over. What remains is the regime of the clergy, and they are not about to leave. In the last 30 years they have erected a labyrinth of power that even nuclear bombs cannot destroy. Thirty years have past, and I must now be more reasonable. I must thrust aside my personal abhorrence for this regime. We must not view Iran as a false and dangerous country. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad represents a very conservative wing. But there are also other imams who adopt a more liberal path in today's Islamic regime. Mohammad Khatami is one example. He will run against Ahmadinejad in the elections. Iran has become an important, stable power in the Middle East. This fact cannot be denied."

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